Salem’s Fire #10: People Like To Watch Games

People Like To Watch Games

People like to watch games. People like to watch games so much that other people are paid millions of dollars to play those games. Good players and good teams become household words, forever enshrined on the front pages of our newspapers. Around these people has grown a multimillion dollar industry of endorsements and hero worship. So far, though, the only games that qualify for this illustrious status are live games, those that are often called sports. Fundamentally, sports and some computer games are not all that different. They are both best played by talented people who work hard, and are very fun to watch for a lot of people. How long will it be before we have StarCraft tournament brackets in USA Today?

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Salem’s Fire #10: People Like To Watch Games

People Like To Watch Games

People like to watch games. People like to watch games so much that other people are paid millions of dollars to play those games. Good players and good teams become household words, forever enshrined on the front pages of our newspapers. Around these people has grown a multimillion dollar industry of endorsements and hero worship. So far, though, the only games that qualify for this illustrious status are live games, those that are often called sports. Fundamentally, sports and some computer games are not all that different. They are both best played by talented people who work hard, and are very fun to watch for a lot of people. How long will it be before we have StarCraft tournament brackets in USA Today?

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #8: Down to the Roots - Modern Fantasy

Down to the Roots – Modern Fantasy

If I asked each person in my office building how they came into work this morning I would get dozens of answers. The answers would be subjective to starting location and what roads or highways are the most convenient for them to travel. Thus, the only important aspect would be the final results; we all arrived at the same relative location and each of us had a different view of the world during our commute.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #8: Down to the Roots - Modern Fantasy

Down to the Roots – Modern Fantasy

If I asked each person in my office building how they came into work this morning I would get dozens of answers. The answers would be subjective to starting location and what roads or highways are the most convenient for them to travel. Thus, the only important aspect would be the final results; we all arrived at the same relative location and each of us had a different view of the world during our commute.

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Salem’s Fire #9: Help, I’m in Single Player!

Help, I’m in Single Player!

My internet connection in the past has been so slow I could have typed the ones and zeros into the browser faster than they were coming through my connection. I am not exaggerating when I tell you my browser would show speeds like 24 bytes/sec and I would be happy about how fast I was flying along. Needless to say, playing any game online was an exercise in futility. So, my Diablo 2 playing has been primarily single player. Single player Diablo 2 is basically multiplayer Diablo 2 without the extra people on Battle.Net. That sounds obvious, but stop and think about what that means. The single player people have to be entirely self sufficient, not able to rely on allies. More importantly, we cannot trade.

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Salem’s Fire #9: Help, I’m in Single Player!

Help, I’m in Single Player!

My internet connection in the past has been so slow I could have typed the ones and zeros into the browser faster than they were coming through my connection. I am not exaggerating when I tell you my browser would show speeds like 24 bytes/sec and I would be happy about how fast I was flying along. Needless to say, playing any game online was an exercise in futility. So, my Diablo 2 playing has been primarily single player. Single player Diablo 2 is basically multiplayer Diablo 2 without the extra people on Battle.Net. That sounds obvious, but stop and think about what that means. The single player people have to be entirely self sufficient, not able to rely on allies. More importantly, we cannot trade.

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Flux’s Decahedron #12: Top Ten Reasons D1 Was Better Than D2

While everyone reading this is a Diablo II fan (And if not, um… you get lost on the way to more goat porn or what?) quite a few of us were big fans of Diablo I as well.  And while Diablo II added hundreds of new features, all new characters, tons of new items, changed most of the game mechanics, etc, there are still those of us with a soft spot in our hearts for Diablo the First.

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